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LLM: Academics

Students in the LLM program complete at least twenty-four credits hours in order to earn the LLM degree. This generally occurs within one academic year. Three courses are designed specifically for LLM students and are required to complete the program:

Introduction to Law. All students in the program earn one credit hour by participating in this intensive course, which occurs immediately preceding the start of regular semester course work. This course provides a high-level introduction to the structure of the U.S. government, foundational legal concepts, and the case law and statutory components of the U.S. legal system. The course also familiarizes students with how to prepare for and participate most fully in courses at the College of Law. Students will receive an indication of “S – satisfactory” or “U-unsatisfactory” on their transcript upon completion of this program.

The U.S. Legal System. This three-credit course expands upon the foundation laid in Introduction to Law. Students gain a more advanced understanding of the critical features of the U.S. legal tradition, the functional components and participants in our legal system, and key legal concepts including legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Legal Research & Writing for LLM Students. This three-credit course is similar to our traditional legal research & writing course, designed, however, to meet the needs of non-native English speakers. It is designed to help students develop the written communication skills, research skills, and persuasion strategies needed in both law school and professional practice as a lawyer.

Additional courses are selected by individual students working in consultation with the Associate Dean and faculty. By choosing courses from among the range of those offered to all law students, LLM students are able to design a course of study that best advances their own professional agendas.

Students may select courses in areas of study, called professional pathways, such as Business and Entrepreneurship; Criminal; International; Innovation, Technology and Intellectual Property; Science, Health, and Environment; Public Interest; Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution; General and Small Practice.

Information about courses we offer is located here. You may browse the list of courses offered this semester and last semester and locate lists from previous semesters under “Archived Material.” Please note, however, that the list changes every year so that some courses may not be offered during your year of study at the College of Law.

Classroom instruction is integrated with practice observations at courtrooms, government agencies, law firms, and corporate offices. During these observations, participants interact with judges, attorneys, general counsel, and business executives, who convey critical insights about practice in the U.S., including:

  • U.S. business customs
  • Liaising effectively with counsel
  • Navigating the U.S. judicial system

The College of Law will also provide forums for participants to discuss their legal cultures, as well as to introduce their law firms or institutions to area attorneys and business executives. In this way, participants and local attorneys and executives have many opportunities to network and form lasting professional contacts.

Taking a Bar Exam

Students wishing to seek admission to practice law in Ohio are required to successfully complete 30 credit hours. Twenty credit hours must be taken from the following list of courses identified by the Ohio Supreme Court: Legal Research/Writing; Business Associations; Conflict of Laws; Constitutional Law; Contracts; Criminal Law/Criminal Procedure; Wills, Trusts and Estates; Evidence; Family Law; Civil Procedure; Federal Income Taxes; Professional Responsibility/Legal Ethics; Property (Real & Personal); Torts; Uniform Commercial Code (Articles II, III, & IX). Please contact the Ohio Supreme Court for additional information and to determine whether your previous education in combination with the LL.M. program will be sufficient to apply to take the bar exam.

Completion of the LLM program does NOT guarantee your eligibility to practice law in the U.S.

Completion of the LL.M. program does not guarantee that you will be able to take a bar exam and practice law in the U.S. Each state sets its own requirements for eligibility, and admission to the bar in all states involves character, fitness and other qualifications. Some states have specific educational and documentation requirements that must be met by individuals who completed post-secondary education outside of the U.S. Applicants are strongly encouraged to determine what all of these requirements are in the state(s) in which they intend to practice by consulting the state bar authority directly and/or the website of the National Council of Bar Examiners at